Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 12, pp 4135–4142 | Cite as

Effect of particle size on kinetics crystallization of an iron-rich glass

  • M. RomeroEmail author
  • M. Kovacova
  • J. Ma. Rincón
Rees Rawlings Festschrift


The effect of glass particle size on the crystallization kinetics of an iron-rich glass from a nickel leaching waste has been investigated by means of differential thermal analysis (DTA). The results show that the crystallization of a pyroxene phase occurs by bulk nucleation from a constant number of nuclei. The crystallization mode and the dimensionality of crystals are strongly dependent on the glass particle size, 100 μm being the critical size. Glass fractions with particle size >100 μm show three-dimensional crystal growth controlled by diffusion, whereas a particle size <100 μm leads to an interface reaction mechanism with two-dimensional growth of crystals.


Differential Thermal Analysis Crystallization Fraction Crystallization Kinetic Differential Thermal Analysis Curve Particle Size Fraction 



This investigation has been carried out in the frame of a co-operation project between the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Group of Glassy and Ceramic Materials, Department of Building Construction SystemsInstitute Eduardo Torroja for Construction Sciences-CSICMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Physical and Physicochemical Mineral Processing Methods, Institute of GeotechnicsSlovak Academy of SciencesKosiceSlovak Republic

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